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Library of Latin Diagrams

Macro-Typography

Royal Incest
11th Calcidius diagram
Cassiodorus
Classical law scheme of agnate kinship
Calcidius on Venus
Calcidius on proportions
Calcidius on Venus
Calcidius
Calcidius
Calcidius
Calcidius
Calcidius
  • Introduction
  • During late antiquity in the West, visualizations of information flowered. Classical antiquity had popularized tabular calendars - the fasti - and Greek geometrical diagrams, but had not yet happened on the idea of arranging abstract concepts in shapes to make them visually comprehensible. Around the fourth century CE, diagrams of history, topology, logic and kinship are invented, mainly for educational use. Only recently, with the rise of infographic design as a profession, have those ingenious early diagrams been recognized as the foundation of today's visualizations.
  • This portal was created in 2002 to explore macro-typography: the principles by which textual information can be laid out on a page to make the role of each element clear. My investigations from 2009 onwards to discover how genealogical data had historically been laid out revealed new fields which had been neglected by scholarship. Reports from these historical findings became an ever-larger part of the portal and evolved into Piggin's Library of Latin Diagrams. The research climaxed in the publication in 2018 of the book Mind's Eye. The Macro-Typography section has hardly been updated since the early days, but its advocacy of a human-friendly ontology of information which embraces our natural ways of reading data remains as fresh as ever.
  • How to Use
  • All SVG images on this website can be zoomed in and out
  • .. and can often be scrolled horizontally ...
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